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  1. Hello everyone, Sorry for the massive delay in updating you. Just to let everyone know, after a bit of a modified treatment the infection cleared. The gravel remains but he's been doing great for one month without re-infection so fingers crossed it stays that way!! Thank you to all for advice Here's a picture of him from today
  2. Hi Jordan, Thank you for taking the time to reply with such thought and detail! I agree, when he was only the length of a finger he actually had gravel stuck in his mouth that had to be coaxed out however I decided to not remove the substrate so he could exhibit natural foraging behaviour, which he loves! I've decided I'm going to continue and make sure he recovers from the infection first and then see how he goes without trying to get the gravel out, seeing as he's been perfectly happy and healthy for 2 years with a piece in there! Hopefully it won't become a nidus for infection/re-infection and the problem will be sorted and will just continue to keep an eye on it! And yes option 2 will be my second option. I don't personally feel too comfortable using clove oil, however would consult with a vet about the possibility of having a vet help me use alfaxalone and I already have some extremely small plastic tipped tweezers which I think would do the job, and also your latest post about the baby aspirator is a really good idea! For your option 3 I do see where you're coming from however I definitely don't think it will come to that in this case! Welfare wise as well it would require analgesia and probably prophylactic antibiotics so would be a fish vet situation, but obviously stuff like this is done in the right conditions for sure! Yes he's doing great in himself, back to his normal cheeky self now the infection is clearing up so I'm hoping this won't turn in to a situation of constantly battling against reinfection and he'll carry on just with a piece of gravel there! Thank you, I'll update this thread to let everyone know how he gets on with this plan!
  3. Hello everyone, Just as a plan for the future, the fungus is currently clearing up nicely, hopefully it continues this way and doesn't recur! Regarding removing this piece of gravel. I really don't know if it's going to be feasible without causing a lot of injury and more problems than it's worth, especially due to the delicate olfactory lamellae? It is really lodged in there and I think may be bigger than I originally believed (rather than two smaller pieces) as it can be seen clearly from the anterior nostril opening (see attached photo) and also the posterior opening (not pictured). His other nostril that I was concerned also had a piece in seems clear though, so that's some good news. Just wondering what everyone's thoughts would be regarding leaving it/attempting removal after the infection has cleared (fingers crossed). And if anyone has any idea on how they would approach this? What complicates matters more is I am supposed to be moving away in a few days for university, anything with Blacky always seems to happen just before I move away TIA
  4. Hi, I think that is just the way it's appearing on the angles of the photos, both nostrils look the same and normal in person! Yes there definitely are small pieces of gravel lodged in there (one bit has been there for 2 years!) so my theory is these have caused local irritation which has given the fungus the opportunity to cause infection. The fungus is already starting to clear, but the issue of getting the gravel out seems challenging. I'm not sure if sucking would be strong enough... We'll see how it goes and get rid of the fungal infection first. Thank you so much
  5. Thank you! Great, thank you. I will come back and update you both
  6. Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm Nitrate level(Tank) 20-40ppm (on higher side) Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm Nitrate level(Tap) 5-10ppm Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.6 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-7.8/8
  7. Hello, I'm back (if anyone remembers Blacky; I've now had him 11 years!!), in a bit of a sticky situation. History: 2018 Blacky got a small piece of gravel lodged in his nostril which never came out It never caused an issue so just left it there In the last week/2 I feel like he has either gotten another small piece of gravel lodged in the same nostril OR the same piece has moved a bit, it is hard to tell, which I believe has led to the current situation Recently: Last week Blacky was a bit off colour and had a slight white tinge to the gravel nostril so I treated him from the 11th-13th Sep 2020 with the standard dose esha2000 as a broad treatment, whilst being mindful of goldfish's copper sensitivity. After a nearly 100% water change on the 14th he was acting a lot better in himself. Today on the 17th, he again looks a bit off, his dorsal fin is floppier etc. and he also has a lot of mucopurulent looking discharge now coming out of gravel nostril (thinking back I have actually been seeing this in the tank for around a month during water changes but just disregarded it a bit as he has been fine and potentially just stringy poops from times of low food passage). I'm not really sure if it is infected or just irritated, but due to the white discharge would lean towards infected. I presume this is due to local irritation from the lodged bits of gravel (which you now can't see due to the discharge). I don't really know what to do here, and just looking for advice or anyone that has been in a similar situation? My current thoughts are: 1. Try to suction the discharge and gravel pieces out with a piece of airline tubing. However restraining him will be a challenge and very stressful for him as he is a very big fish now. 2. Anaesthetise with clove oil and use a bobby pin sort of instrument (sterilised beforehand) to remove the gravel pieces (if possible not doing this as I would be a nervous wreck and would hate to accidentally do anything completely wrong) And then treat with esha2000 again as a preventative for infection/help heal current infection 3. Or just do another round of esha2000 and hope that resolves it without needing to remove the gravel pieces. I would really appreciate any advice I love this boy to bits, he's my best friend. Thank you in advance I will test my water now and update the post accordingly but I don't think this is a water quality issue. Photos/videos attached. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops (NB out of date) Water temperature? Room temperature Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 24 US gallons, roughly 7-8 years What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval U2, 400L/hr How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly-biweekly - 80-90% How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - 14th Sep (3 days ago) 80-90% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, length of hand (no tail) What kind of water additives or conditioners? Fluval aqua plus water conditioner only What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy soilent green, everyday Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? esha2000 11th-13th Sep List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Within last 2 years nothing else Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White mucupurluent discharge from affected nostril. A few odd whiter patches on body but he does go through phases of a few marks etc. Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Not himself, dorsal fin a bit floppier. Still eating and swimming
  8. @Arctic Mama @koko Just an update. Blacky is totally back to normal. Thank you for the help
  9. Great. Thank you both for your help. I'll come back in 2 weeks to let you know how he is, unless anything else happens between now and then!
  10. Okay thank you, I'll order some epsom salt and up the water changes The scales are flattening back to normal, I'm going to assume some sort of injury was the cause after him freaking out so much. Here are the white spots, they're smaller than the operculum breeding tubercles and across his body scales. Maybe it's just breeding stars across the body which are easy to see as he is a deep black? I've never really heard of them across the body but if they've been there for years that makes more sense I guess Thank you for your help. Definitely had a panic when I saw uplifted scales!
  11. I don't feed him live food and he hasn't had live plants in a while but has had them previously. I didn't even do 1 round of esha prazi because he reacted badly to it. I was torn between giving him the full treatment and ending it. I chose to end it as apart from occasional flashing there is no signs of flukes it was more preventative. Also these ich-like white spots over his whole body have been there for over 4 year, I was looking at older threads I have made on here and it was about these... and I have treated with esha 2000 & exit a few times over the years and nothing gets rid of them. If it was ich would he be able to survive for that long with no ill-effects just occasional flashing?? One more thing, the protruding scales look slightly better this morning which is good. I'll add a picture when I'm home, this leads me more into thinking he injured this area. However these white spots, I'd still love to get to the bottom of ! Thank you!!
  12. Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 80-160ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 10-15ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4ish * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-8ish The test kit is 2 years expired ... so unsure how accurate these are but it's what I expected. All values have been like this for years except nitrate which fluctuates. Obviously he's been living in a tank too small for a few years. He seems happy enough and has always been so healthy despite it not being a great size for him. Despite this I do want to find a bigger space it's just taking a lot longer than anticipated. Due to this I try to manage the nitrate levels with water changes but with a fish that big in a tank that small it's almost impossible so he has been subject to high nitrate levels for a while. I hope this isn't the reason but to help anyone with diagnose(s) it's only fair to say. He's a great fish with a massive personality. I've had him since I was 10 (now 20)! He's grown from the size of my little finger to this beast. I hope there's some hope of recovery from whatever this is so he can finally get to swim in a bigger space.
  13. Thank you so much! I'm in the UK so a delayed reply may come back from me, but I'll look straight away in the morning
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) If you have a test kit, take these readings before you do a water change. If you don't have a test kit and can't get one immediately, please take samples of tank and tap water to your fish /pet store and request a test. Demand numbers for each test. * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) Please test tap water. It may contain ammonia or nitrate. Tap water often varies in quality with weather/season, so don't just report an old test. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Difference in the pH of tank and tap can cause distress in your fish. We need both tap and tank results. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) If you don't have KH and GH tests and have municipal water, you can often get this information from the water company. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API test kit - drops * Water temperature? Air temp - 16 degrees celcius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 90L - >5yrs * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? By the "size" of the filter we mean the gph/lph that it claims to turn over? 400 lph * How often do you change the water and how much? Please answer both questions. Every 5-7 days, 80-90% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Please answer both questions Monday 22nd - 70% * How many fish in the tank and their size? You may give the weight of each fish or the length. 1 goldfish - length of my hand plus caudal fins * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Water conditioner means the agent used against chlorine. Fluval aqua plus water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Repashy soilent green - once a day +occasional algae wafers/sinking pellets/peas/brocolli * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? None at the moment. About a month ago added eSHa gdex (active ingredient praziquantelum) due to flashing and never actually treated him for flukes before. He reacted really badly to it which I thought was unusual due to being known as a safe medication. Read it could be due to dead fluke overload however as it was mainly a preventative measure I removed it by water changes then carbon. He has been fine ever since. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This can be a long answer if you have a sickly fish. In the past he's had eSHa 2000 & exit * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? He's had small white specks on his whole body for a long while now. I thought this was ich however they are much smaller than all the photos of ich I have seen. They look like breeding tubercles, but all over his body... He occasionally flashes which makes me think he has some kind of parasite issue, however I'm not 100% and due to no other issues like going off food etc and him being sensitive to medications I haven't treated. As I was cleaning the tank yesterday he went crazy, which is unusual. Then I noticed protruding scales (slight white discolouration) on both sides near his anus that I hadn't noticed before, however I hadn't particularly looked closely in about a week as I have been busy. The first thing I thought of initially was dropsy - which is obviously just a symptom with many possible causes, however wouldn't this be less focal and more diffuse. It almost looks like an internal growth causing scale protrusion. Or could it be some sort of injury, hence the crazy episode whilst cleaning. I honestly have no idea what it is. Slightly white stringy poo too. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No except when still his back end rises higher than his front end which he normally doesn't do but he seems in control of the movement. Apart from that he's acting completely normal. Hi guys, I'm just about to test the water (however I think my API test kit is out of date) but it's the best I can do for now. Before I have the results, I have never had ammonia or nitrite in the tank. It's been well cycled for years and years. I've had Blacky 10 years! Nitrates will be higher than ideal due to tank size but water changes keep them under control enough. Also I already know the tank is way too small for him. Working on getting an indoor pond this summer. I think everything else is mentioned above. I'll attach some pictures. Thanks in advance for any help. Images: 2 image showing small white dots on body - hard to see Here is a video showing the protrusion.
  15. Sorry I didn't make it clear. In the first photo there isn't anything to actually see I was just showing where I saw it, in the second photo it's the tiny paler bit but its a very bad quality photo ahaha No worries, it is really hard to see in that photo (2nd one only), the first was just illustrating where it was before passing through to the back. My mum who is currently looking after him has told me she can't see it anymore so I think it has just passed through. Thanks though guys!
  16. That explanation is not great. Here's a couple (bad) photos. Where it was when I first saw it Where it is now I presume it will just make its way out now
  17. Sorry I wasn't able to get photos as it is such a small thing to try and photograph and he won't stay still at all. Update though. The gravel got sucked even deeper and now I see it down the hole behind the nasal flap so I presume this means it's managed to travel through the sense organ somehow with the push of the water and hopefully will come out the other side. I feel there isn't much I can do now except hope it comes out...
  18. Hi guys, Long time no see! I still have Blacky, he's 9 years old now! I just noticed he has a piece of gravel lodged into his nostril, it looks very stuck and quite deep. How he managed to do that I have no idea ... Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get it out? I'm going to leave it overnight and hope it falls out but it doesn't look like it's going to. I was thinking maybe creating a suction with a piece of tubing? This is not ideal as I'm moving back to university on Friday so only have tomorrow to try and get it out Thank you
  19. Do you still work here? Are the goodies still there? Sadly, the pond is gone. It turns out my customer owned about 1/3 of the pond and the golf course next door owned about 2/3. The golf course sold to a developer who is putting in condos, and due to the grading of the road, building, etc, the pond was drained and ceases to exist. Oh no that is sad, could have been amazing now
  20. Love your tank and also one of my favourite things to do
  21. Hey guys, Some of you may remember I had a few guppies in a 5 gallon. That has been empty for some time and after a spring clean of the games room I want to re stock it and I'm pretty set on a male betta. So far it has a silk plant as I read they like sleeping on strong leaves An ornament for hiding A heater set on 26 degrees Celsius And I've stuffed the filter full of media as it is quite a strong current for a small tank and I know betta's don't like that. I will also be adding live plants and I am currently cycling it.
  22. Yeah i have ditched the gourami haha. Awesome sounds good Yep i will go slow and am planning on trying to aquascape this one so will let that grow in a little first, so excited!
  23. I have no idea at the petstore but would obviously check before when i finally introduce them to the tank. If this was a problem it would be fine, i would buy some API pH down i guess. Oh dear i don't want an evil fish That is what I'm leaning towards, 3 corys, 5 danios and 5 tetras and see how it goes. Yes i think it would be better without the gourami! Also i have a spare 5 gallon if i fancied a beta so that could always happen too I'll keep you both updated on the process, i hope this will be successful!
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